Based at MSEA Headquarters, Augusta, ME


Posted: Jun 30, 2022

Union Field Representative

Maine Service Employees Association, SEIU Local 1989, is seeking to hire an experienced Union Representative to serve its affiliated local unions.

MSEA-SEIU Local 1989 is a labor union representing over 13,000 public and private sector employees throughout the State of Maine.


  1. Enforce represented-employee’s rights and interests under collective bargaining agreements
  2. Investigate and analyze facts, prepare witnesses and case presentations, represent employees in investigatory meetings, disciplinary meetings, grievance meetings and at mediation and arbitration
  3. Assist stewards and members in using all steps of the formal grievance process including administrative hearings and arbitrations
  4. Identify, recruit, train and mentor union stewards
  5. Identify, recruit, train and support member leaders
  6. Engage membership in union activity including: identify worksite issues, organize and take worksite concerted activity, implement contract campaigns, engage in political program, engage in public pressure campaigns
  7. Recruit new members and assist with internal organizing
  8. Develop and implement creative organizational strategies to build the local union and advance the interests of its members
  9. Lead workers in contract negotiations and impact bargaining with public and private sector employers
  10. Assist in planning and conducting educational programs
  11. Other duties as assigned


  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of organized labor to build power for working people
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to relate to workers from a wide range of backgrounds
  • Ability to be self-directed, think on your feet, and solve problems creatively
  • Ability to handle stress and juggle competing demands
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Ability to argue and advocate on behalf of represented employees
  • Ability to work independently and follow strategic campaign plans
  • Ability to organize work, manage a large and diverse representational workload, and meet frequent deadlines
  • Experience with advocating for union members and negotiating contracts strongly preferred
  • Experience in developing leadership
  • Experience with building worker power through organizing
  • Proficient with computers, internet research tools, and Microsoft applications
  • Experience with databases like VAN or UnionWare preferred
  • Ability to write settlement agreements, contract language, reports and summaries, and to utilize databases;
  • Must be able to travel for extended periods, and to work long hours, including nights and weekends as needed
  • Must have a car and a valid driver’s license
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a related field preferred

This position is a bargaining unit position.

MSEA- SEIU is committed to diversity and encourages women and minorities to apply for this position.

To Apply:
Send résumé, references and writing sample to: Jessica Doody, Executive Assistant, MSEA- SEIU Local 1989, 65 State Street, Augusta, ME 04330 or Position will be posted until filled.